Beloved television legend and executive, juvenile diabetes and animal rights advocate, and feminist Mary Tyler Moore passed away today at the age of 80:
The former dancer turned comedic actress was taken to a Connecticut hospital on Wednesday where she had been listed in grave condition.
Moore has long battled diabetes, and underwent brain surgery in 2011.
Moore caught the public’s eye as Laura Petrie, wife to television’s Dick Van Dyke in a show that ran from 1961 to 1966. She later returned as the star of her own show, playing plucky Mary Richards in the eponymous Mary Tyler Moore Show, which led to spin-offs Rhoda — starring Valerie Harper — and Lou Grant starring Ed Asner.
Moore later moved back to film, earning an Academy Award nomination for best actress, playing the brittle mother of a suicidal teen in Robert Redford’s 1981 film ‘Ordinary People.’
During her career on television, the Brooklyn-born Moore won five Emmy’s for her acting as her Mary Tyler Moore Production company became a television powerhouse.Some people that you grow up with on TV, like Ms. Moore, you always remember in the place and time of your youth. That's how we'll remember this beautiful, accomplished woman.
Here's more about her career and causes, and how we'll remember her: